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The writings of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (RSRH) deeply resonate with many people today, as they have since the time he penned them in the middle of the nineteenth century, using them to recreate a community of modern, Torah-faithful Jews in Frankfurt that had all but disappeared. Many find that, ironically, his words seem more suited for our times than when he composed them. He stands almost alone among commentators in dealing with many themes of modernity: cultrual evolution; our relationships with non-Jews; the Jewish mission to the rest of civilization; freedom of the will versus determinism; autonomy and totalitarianism; understanding the impact of paganism on the ancient world. Of course, his treatment of symbolism.

Each week, we will present some thought of RSRH on the parshah. Most will be taken from his great commentary on the Torah. Recognizing that his language is often a barrier to students, we will take his thought and completely retool and reframe it. We hope that the kernel thought will be faithful to him, while the development will remain the responsibility of the author.

We hope that these offerings will prove to be an inspiring and enlightening weekly foray into the rich world of the contribution of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch.

If you'd like, you can see the list of all archived Rav Hirsch articles on the Parsha, or the index to all archived Torah Portion articles.




 






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Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

Getting What You Pay For
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Darkness and Light
Shlomo Katz - 5773

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Point of Order
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Leaving Ya'akov for Yisroel
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

"Now I Have Someone To Blame" That's Just The Beginning
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Spreading the Word
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

Growing Forever
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

Chanukah, Chutzpah, and Coming Close to G-d
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

> A Little Background Information
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

See Yaakov Run
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

The Merit of 20 Years of Honest Work Surpassed the Merit of the Forefathers
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5774

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Chanukah: Lights, Camera, Action!
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

G-d Willing!
Shlomo Katz - 5762

Accompanying Angles
Shlomo Katz - 5759

Smelling The Fragrance Of Hope
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5768



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